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3:35 PM ET, January 27, 2020


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Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
WaPo suspends Felicia Sonmez after she tweeted a story about a rape allegation against Kobe Bryant, responded to criticism, and uploaded abuse sent to her email  —  Felicia Sonmez (right), who covers national politics for The Washington Post, posted a link to a story about the Kobe Bryant rape case …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
The Washington Post says tweets from now-suspended political reporter Felicia Sonmez “displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues”  —  Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended Sunday after tweeting about the 2003 rape case against Kobe Bryant …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora, who stepped down from Texas Tribune in November, launch the 19th, a new media outlet focused on women, with $5M in funding  —  The idea of creating a new media outlet focused on women came to Emily Ramshaw four years ago during her maternity leave.
Edward Snowden / Washington Post:
Charges against Assange arguing interactions with sources can be a crime have created a template for other countries, with Brazil arguing the same for Greenwald  —  Edward Snowden is the author of “Permanent Record” and is the president of Freedom of the Press Foundation …
Discussion: New York Times and Common Dreams
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
UK government says Cairncross review's recommendation to create an institution for public interest news would amount to inappropriate government interference  —  The government has rejected the central recommendation from a report into the future of news provision to set up an “institute for public interest news.”
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Initial coverage of Kobe Bryant's death was an illuminating example of how breaking news reports will be wrong due to the drive to be first at any cost  —  If the media world were ruled by thoughtfulness, rigor and ethics, TMZ wouldn't have broken the news about Sunday's helicopter crash …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Founder of right-wing Christian site TruNews, who has made anti-Semitic comments, says the White House gave five TruNews staffers press credentials for Davos  —  The White House granted TruNews, a right-wing Christian site, press credentials for the president's Davos trip after its founder's remarks calling impeachment a “Jew coup.”
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: MGM has held preliminary talks with a number of companies, including Apple and Netflix, to gauge whether they're interested in acquiring it  —  - Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Comcast, Disney and Netflix may be a new “Big 6” among global media companies.  — MGM has held preliminary talks …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
From appeals for investment from wealthy people to union organizing, newspaper journalists are trying to save jobs as investors wring profits from the industry  —  As hedge funds take a greater role in newspaper chains, journalists at the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere are sending out an S.O.S.
Lynzy Billing / ZORA:
A look at various challenges Afghan female journalists face while reporting in a deeply patriarchal country, where 1,700 out of 10K in its press corps are women  —  Women reporters aim to remain at the forefront of their stories; now international media outlets need to hire them
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Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
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Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Sky to launch two new channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, in the spring, available as linear and on demand channels and on its streaming service NOW TV
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